Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley chronicles the days leading to the imposition of the Emergency
By the evening of 12th June large demonstrations were organized outside the Prime Minister’s residence that the judgement of Allahabad High Court should not be accepted. The rule of law was sought to be replaced by a politically dangerous principle that Indira Gandhi was indispensable. A situation was created for the party to rally behind her. An appeal to the Supreme Court was immediately prepared and filed. She succeeded in getting Nani Palkhivala to appear for her. It was the month of June and the Vacation Judge Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer was to hear this appeal and the possible grant of interim order against the High Court judgement. Before the hearing, the Law Minister Gokhale wanted to meet Justice Krishna Iyer and discuss the case with him. The judge asked Gokhale the purpose of the meeting which Gokhale told him honestly. The judge politely declined the meeting. This was disclosed by the judge in his memoirs. The Judge heard Palkhivala for Indira Gandhi and Shanti Bhushan for Raj Narain and passed the usual order which is passed in election appeals. The appeal was admitted. Palkhivala’s request for a stay on the judgement of the Allahabad High Court was rejected. Indira Gandhi could attend Parliament but could not speak as a Member of Parliament. She could speak only as the Prime Minister. The Supreme Court’s order intensified the demand for her resignation. On 24th June the opposition leader met at the Gandhi Peace Foundation with JP. As the Convener of Youth and student organizations, I sat in the back row observing the then national leaders chalking out the strategy. A nationwide satyagrah was to be launched from the 29th of the June. The 25th June witnessed a big rally at Ramlila Maidan. The pressure for resignation was building up.